g>abannaf) g>tate Untoersrttp ^abannaf), <§eorgta Commencement Hux et Veritas December ©flelftb Nineteen ^unbreb anb fflmtp €tgf)t Cleuen o'clock tit tfje Jltormng Jofmnp Jfflercer tKfteater i§>auannaf) Cifatc Center 0vhtv of $roce3s;ion The Chief Marshal The Class Marshals Candidates for Masters Degree Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree The Faculty The Presidential Party Donated to SSU Archives by Sheri Saleem Scott upon her Retirement on July 1, 2011 The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the ceremonial program are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition is a unified, solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. The audience is asked to refrain from any form of expression and to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 0vUv of Ikrbtce Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President Presiding PRELUDE "O Holy Night". ..Adolph Adams Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist ♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION . . "War March of the Priests"... .Felix Mendelssohn Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist INVOCATION Dr. Samuel Williams Assistant Director for Student Affairs Savannah State University SOLO Ms. Felicia N. Sigler "SSU Class of 1998" Mr. DeAndre Ervin, Accompanist INTRODUCTION OF PLATFORM GUESTS AND SPEAKER Dr. Carlton E. Brown COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Honorable Thurbert Baker Attorney General of the State of Georgia PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE ... Dr. Joseph H. Silver,Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs CONFERRING OF MASTER'S DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown Assisted by Dr. Silver and Mrs. Teria G. Sheffield, Assistant Registrar INTRODUCTION OF UNDERGRADUATE DEANS Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE College of Business Administration Dr. Jan Jankowski College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences . . Dr. Otis S. Johnson College of Sciences and Technology .... Dr. Charlesworth Martin CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES ... Dr. Carlton E. Brown Assisted by the Academic Deans and Mrs. Teria G. Sheffield, Assistant Registrar ALUMNI INDUCTION Mr. John Brown, President Savannah State University National Alumni Association PRESENTATION OF NAVAL RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSION Commander Welch Fair COMMISSIONING OF OFFICERS Reading the Commissioning Document . . . Dr. George N. Williams Head, Department of Chemistry and Faculty Representative to the NROTC Administering the Oath of Office Commander Welch Fair BENEDICTION Dr. Samuel Williams *Alma Mater - Savannah State College Hymn **RECESSIONAL "Pomp and Circumstance" .... Sir Edward Elgar Mr. James Thompson, Jr., Organist Savannah State College Hymn J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett Let us give thanks and praise to thee To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. Thine honor, pride, and eminence, We raise in prayerful reverence. Guide us still from day to day, Be thou mindful lest we lose our way; Help us know that life, short or long, Means unceasing work for weak and strong. Refrain Where Savannah meets the sea, Where grassy plains and palms abound, Where the flow'rs are gems of loveliness, There SSC is found. We adore each beauteous scene and hall, Our all we pledge to thee! In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee We hail Thee, S.S.C! The audience is requested to stand. The audience is requested to remain seated until the processions has exited. jfteter'* degree Conferred COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Jteter of public gfomtntetratton Darlene E. Carson Columbia College Michelle Rene Carthon Savannah State University Charisse Dazelle Chisholm Georgia Southern University Kesha Gibson-Carter Fort Valley State University Kareem Ahmad Hill Georgia Southern University Alfred Henry Jackson, Jr Savannah State University Kerri Caprice Lloyd Georgia Southern University COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Accounting Nikki Giovanni Anderson Savannah, Georgia Felicia Antoinette Barnes-Gadson Savannah, Georgia Anika Patrice Bing Savannah, Georgia Ralph Leon Brown II Savannah, Georgia ***Brenda J. Cowley Arlington, Washington * Timothy Patrick Lawler Savannah, Georgia **Michael Brian Murray Savannah, Georgia * "Christy Denise Ross Stone Mountain, Georgia ***Janet Rose Schaaf Tybee Island, Georgia Sharee Singleton St. Louis, Missouri *McCall Williams Savannah, Georgia McKinley Carlos Williams Atlanta, Georgia ***SummaCum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Computer Snformation §s>p$ttm$ ***Sylvia Michelle Andrews Birmingham, Alabama *Ronald Enrico Campbell Statesboro, Georgia *Regina Yvette Henfield Savannah, Georgia Crystal Nicole Jones Savannah, Georgia * George Hiawatha McDowell, Jr Savannah, Georgia Yolanda Latrell Washington Savannah, Georgia ^Management *Milton Allen Savannah, Georgia Demeatrice Necole Baker Atlanta, Georgia *Shakanlon L. Clark Atlanta, Georgia Kuwantral Latricia Cutter Savannah, Georgia Mary Elizabeth Davis-Brown Savannah, Georgia Lonnie Leonard Edwards Savannah, Georgia Jammie Patricia Elmore Savannah, Georgia DaShawn Maurice Hamilton Savannah, Georgia Katina LaShandra Harrison Ellenwood, Georgia Wanda Denise Hill Savannah, Georgia Joyia E'lisa Hills Savannah, Georgia Tonya Roshall Jones Savannah, Georgia *Timothy Michael Lovezzola Bloomingdale, Georgia LaShawntra Renee Morris Thomasville, Georgia Shawn Lynette Robinson Savannah, Georgia Adrienne Colette Warmack College Park, Georgia ***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude ! In Absentia iWarfeettng * Janet LeNore Burney Savannah, Georgia Carla Trimble Campbell Savannah, Georgia Kimberly Michelle Gaskin Greenwood, South Carolina Lisa Michelle Hardamon Tifton, Georgia *Anetra Henry Columbus, Georgia Samuel Antonio Higgins Greer, South Carolina COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Cnglis;}), language anb literature Kavona Yvette Newsome Savannah, Georgia **Carl Benjamin Redding, Jr Savannah, Georgia Felicia Nicole Sigler Moultrie, Georgia Zirzeria Lillian Wright Augusta, Georgia Jflastf Communications Tijuana Shantrel Brewer Greenville, Georgia * Stephanie Omega Burgess Savannah, Georgia Jajuana Tracell Glenn Garner Petersburg, Virginia Yolanda Michele Hall Miami, Florida *Faustine Borden Stephens Savannah, Georgia LaToya Parneice Stocken Savannah, Georgia LaVictor Renardo Talbert McCormick, South Carolin Lisa Renee Webb Albany, Georgia ***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Recreation anb $ark gfoministration Cedric D. Adams Stone Mountain, Georgia Nakia Antoniette Baxter Savannah, Georgia Christopher Nephi Phillips Soperton, Georgia *Bernita A. Reese Covington, Georgia Aaron Robert Elo Bishop Columbia, Georgia *!Richard L. Riley Savannah, Georgia Criminal Justice Tonya LaTrelle Allen Savannah, Georgia Charles C. Bennett Savannah, Georgia *Keshia Renee Harper Statesboro, Georgia Marcellus Daniel Holmes III Jacksonville, Florida Katina Lincoln Summerville, South Carolina Felicia Doniece Mincey Glennville, Georgia Sonya Ravonne Minor Sandersville, Georgia Sharon Leonora Mitchell Savannah, Georgia Jennifer Yvette Palmer Crescent, Georgia Tamika Nikole Pritchett College Park, Georgia Tonya Lanette Taylor Savannah, Georgia Larry Charles Tyler, Jr Pavo, Georgia ***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia political Science ***Roberto Bernate Savannah, Georgia Belinda La'Keshia Bouligny Savannah, Georgia Willie Green III Savannah, Georgia **Walter J. Howard Savannah, Georgia Shanta Nate Laurie Beaufort, South Carolina Kimberly L. Porter Savannah, Georgia *Kimberly Celeste Stephens Jeffersonville, Georgia i£>ociologp Jeannie R. Casey Riverdale, Georgia Chelsea Latrelle Dennis Eatonton, Georgia *Daria Jeneen Williams Jacksonville, Florida Social OTorfe Jenovis LaTrelle Addison Savannah, Georgia *Estelline Ometa Payne Beamon Savannah, Georgia *Genitha Gerwanda Dawson Savannah, Georgia ***Patricia Ann Edwards Savannah, Georgia Winston G. Gordon Clewiston, Florida **Duria Hudson, Jr Hinesville, Georgia Ebony Tania Jones Decatur, Georgia Tinika Simone Maxwell Savannah, Georgia Melody Dyson Milledge Savannah, Georgia Denise Renee Parker Savannah, Georgia ***Angela Loraine Shoates Kingsland, Georgia Lynette Fontella Shuman Savannah, Georgia ***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Sylvia Emmily Wright Savannah, Georgia Tara Louchun Wright Jacksonville, Florida COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY Nazzarae Nakita Collins Annapolis, Maryland Danielle DeVault Suffern, New York Beverly Marie Finch Rome, Georgia *Dwan Aubrey Gerido Rincon, Georgia Marlon Marquet Lang Savannah, Georgia Pamela Renita Searcy Bulter, Georgia Janean Rena Sorey Ellenwood, Georgia *Joilanda Renee Stephens Ellenwood, Georgia *LaKeshia Mozelle Strong Swainsboro, Georgia Ronnie Christopher Taylor Savannah, Georgia Richard Malcolm Williams Ontario, Canada Jttarine Science Michael Lasala Binstock Savannah, Georgia *David Raymond Wood Savannah, Georgia environmental J§>tutries( AhDae Christopher Cohen Savannah, Georgia Patrick Nash Johnson Guyton, Georgia Barry Loren Washington Ladys' Island, South Carolina ***SummaCum Laude **MagnaCum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Jfflatfjematictf Octava Nicole Blandenburg Griffin, Georgia Marvin Lavon Chestnut, Jr Brunswick, Georgia ***Veronica Edwina Smalls Savannah, Georgia Bridget Denise Thomas Stone Mountain, Georgia Computer Science QTedjnologp *Tammy Lynette Rahming Eleuthera, Bahamas Cfcemical engineering Cecfmologp Jabbar Mondrella Watson St. Helena Island, South Carolina Cibil engineering QTecfmologp Nyshona Michelle Carthon Savannah, Georgia James Edward Curlee, Jr Richmond, Virginia Kelvin Risdon Pennill Savannah, Georgia Barry Jerome Stanton Clio, South Carolina Electronics engineering STecfjnologp William Davis Boney III Atlanta, Georgia D'Anthony Kewandrick Moore College Park, Georgia **Bret Alan Stone Richmond Hill, Georgia ***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia *** JWarine Science anb €ntrironmental gtfubies Sue Ann Chaplin Savannah, Georgia Angela Nicole Gunter Rincon, Georgia ptologp anb (Enbiromental gbtubteg Alexeer Vershone Jones Savannah, Georgia NOTE: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as conclusive evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular degree and whose names appear on the list in this program will receive the degree indicated. ***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Honor (grabtmtetf Hmmma Cum Haube (3.75 - 4.00) Sylvia Michelle Andrews Roberto Bernate Sue Ann Chaplin Brenda Cowley Patricia Ann Edwards Janet Rose Schaaf Angela Loraine Shoates Veronica Edwina Smalls jfWagna Cum Haube (3.40 - 3.74) Walter Howard Michael Brian Murray Duria Hudson, Jr. Carl Benjamin Redding, Jr. Timothy Patrick Lawton Christy Denise Ross Bret Alan Stone Cum Haube Milton Allen Estelline Ometa Payne Beamon Stephanie Omega Burgess Janet LaNore Burney Ronald Enrico Campbell Shakanton L. Clark Genitha Gerwanda Dawson Dwan Aubrey Gerido Keshia Renee Harper Regina Yvette Henfield Anetra Henry (3.00 to 3.39) Timothy Michael Lovezzola George Hiawatha McDowell, Jr. Tammy Lynette Rahming Bernita A. Reese Richard L. Riley Faustine Borden Stephens Joilanda Renee Stephens Kimberly Celeste Stephens Lakeshaia Mozelle Strong Daria Jeneen Williams McCall Williams David Raymond Wood ***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia Stye £§>tgutftcance of tfje Scabemtc jfWace Observing the centuries old convocation procedures, each Marshall in the Savannah State University academic procession carries as official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, and magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff which originated in the Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often by legislative forums and academic enterprises. The official mace of Savannah State University was designed and made from mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, professor emeritus of civil engineering technology. The University motto is "Lux et Veritas" (light and truth). Scabemtc Costume* Modern academic dress has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of academic apparel a half century ago. It seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now differing according to the degree the wearer has received. The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the academic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer, but also the college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. The Chief Marshall may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American Intercollegiate Code is as follows: Arts, Letters, Humanities . White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue Law Purple Science Golden Yellow Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron Music Pink Theology Scarlet At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue background to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the colors of his alma mater.